Recently Tripp Johnson, who teaches banjo, mandolin, and flat-picking guitar at the College, had an opportunity to play with former Governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine. While this is not their first musical encounter (Tripp and his wife, Jenny, have been invited to perform for the former governor on several occasions), it was the first time it was covered by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Virginia Senator and Hillary Clinton's former VP running mate Tim Kaine jammed with a co-founding member of one of his favorite bands over the weekend, as Consequence of Sound notes, via Pitchfork. The Replacements' original bassist Tommy Stinson and Senator Kaine's private gathering took place in Richmond, VA, where they performed bluegrass staple "My Dear Old Southern Home."
"The first album of theirs I heard was [1983's] Hootenanny, and I got every album after that," Kaine told Rolling Stone while discussing the Replacements, one of his Top 5 favorite artists. "I love the combination of really good songwriting and their endearing, amateurish quality to the way they did stuff."
A longtime harmonica player, Kaine played the instrument during his acoustic session with Stinson, which included musicians Chip Roberts and Cary Street Ramblers' Tripp and Jenny Johnson.
In addition to Kaine sharing his love of music on the presidential campaign trail, he also teamed with Pusha T for a conversation about education and police reform.
Stinson recently reassembled his post-Replacements band Bash & Pop and unveiled "Never Wanted to Know" from their new album, Anything Could Happen. The LP, which was released in January, is Bash & Pop's first since their 1993 debut, Friday Night is Killing Me.